New Delhi: Delhi Police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, a 1979 batch IPS officer who was appointed the new CBI director on Thursday, has an eminent career.
Alok Kumar Verma of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre has been the Delhi Police chief for the last 11 months. He was earlier the director general of Tihar prisons and the police chief of Mizoram.
As a prerequisite for appointment as the CBI chief, an officer required to have a previous experience of working in the central agency or he or she should have handled vigilance work in the parent cadre. Verma controlled vigilance work late in his career — between February 1, 2011 and February 16, 2012 as a special commissioner of police in Delhi.
Alok Kumar Verma has also assisted as the joint and special commissioner of the Delhi Police crime branch between August 2007 and December 2008. Verma’s term as police chief till now has been without any controversy.
Senior police officers states though many Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs have been arrested during Verma’s tenure, the ruling party hasn’t raucously accused him of working for any political boss.
Verma is also not open as his predecessor BS Bassi and is yet to give any interview as the police commissioner. Unlike his predecessor or the police chief of other metros, Verma hardly uses the Delhi Police commissioner’s Twitter handle.
Verma made a record of sorts when he pushed for the promotion of over 26,000 Delhi Police officers in December previous year. The Union ministry of home affairs finally consented and gave a green signal to promote the officers, most of whom were working without a promotion for over two decades.
His selection as the CBI director is his 24th posting in his 36-year career as a police officer.
However originally slated to retire on July 31 this year, Alok Kumar Verma will get a fixed tenure of two years as the CBI chief.